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Beware of scams impersonating the European Chief Prosecutor

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Fraudulent messages impersonating the European Chief Prosecutor, Ms Laura Kövesi, are circulating online and targeting European citizens. These scams misuse the logo and official visual identity of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), as well as other EU organisations.

Here’s what you need to do to protect yourself:

  • Be Vigilant: Remain cautious of any unsolicited messages claiming to be from the EPPO, especially if they contain errors or inaccuracies that can be easily verified online, like the organization the sender is working for.
  • Official Communication Channels: Remember that the EPPO primarily communicates through official channels, such as its website or designated social media platforms. We do not contact citizens via email, letter, or phone, unless it is in response to your crime report or prior request or during an ongoing EPPO investigation.
  • Avoid Sharing Personal Data or Payments: The EPPO will never ask you for personal data or payments. If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of a message, refrain from sharing any sensitive information.
  • Know Our Mandate: The EPPO has a specific mandate focused on investigating and prosecuting crimes against the financial interests of the EU. This includes fraud, money laundering, corruption and more. You can learn more about our field of activity on our website [insert hyperlink here].
  • Exercise Caution: If you receive any suspicious messages claiming to be from the EPPO, do not open any attachments or engage with the sender. Instead, delete the message immediately.

Report Suspicious Activity: If you encounter any suspicious messages or activities impersonating the EPPO, please report them to us or to the relevant police authorities for further investigation.

Thank you for staying vigilant and helping us to combat online scams.